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The Nether World


Published February 14, 2013


LibriVox recording of The Nether World, by George Gissing (1857-1903).

This sad social novel revolves around the problematic issue of money. Michael returns from Australia to London a rich man. However, he hides this fact from everybody and spends money only on the things he really needs. He contemplates leaving his money to his granddaughter Jane, under the condition that she donate at least most of it to charity. However, Jane is not sure she can do it. This novel tells much about working class life in 19th century London. (Summary by Stav Nisser)

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Reviewer: dahszil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2015
Subject: I wonder why
The oppressed and brutally abused poor and underpaid workers in Great Britain never had revolts against their oppressors and "robber barons" as was the case in 19th century France. I know of the Luddite rebellions and the chartists worker movements but for what I know these bottom up movements did little to change the inhumane state of the lower classes. In France revolutions in the 19th century which while were unsuccessful at overtaking the established government, did result in reforms for the working class and poor. Did the top down writings, explicit or implicit criticisms of wealth disparity or at least inhuman treatment of the lower class from Dickens, Reynolds,Gaskell, Hardy, Gissing et al really effect any legislative socio-economic reforms?

by the way: I thought there was always an Internet Archive text for the audiobook. I know there is a Gutenberg text page. But what I like about IA text is that you can also listen to the robot voice. Again always appreciate the volunteers but the reader of the second half of the book reads without the profundity and sympathy that this great social novel demands. In my opinion female readers do this best, and a few select readers one of them being Simon Evers

special thanks to Karl Henning, Lynne Thompson, E.Klett, Margaret Espaillat, daisyb
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